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Ill fortune dogged the Dodingtons. In 1630 William's grandson, Henry, killed his mother and was hung at Winchester gaol. The Dodingtons remained at Breamore until 1748 when the house was sold to the Hulse family, who have owned it ever since. The house is very much a family home, with mementoes of generations of the Hulse family sharing space with a wonderful collection of artwork and period furniture.
In the West Drawing Room is a historically important portrait of a young man with a cricket bat and stumps, entitled The Boy with the Bat. Dated 1760, this is one of the earliest depictions of cricketers in existence. These are just a few highlights of the artwork on display.
The rooms on view include the Dining Room, two drawing rooms, and three bedrooms. The most impressive room, however, is the Great Hall, measuring 84 feet long, with a plasterwork ceiling and two ornate Elizabethan fireplaces. The tour ends with a visit to the Victorian kitchen, where you will find the largest collection of copper cooking pots in England.
Just outside the main house is a striking tower that looks at first glance like a church tower, complete with a cupola. It is, in fact, a water tower, made when the Victorian Hulse's brought running water into the house via a gravity-fed water system.
Aside from the house and the nearby Saxon church, Breamore is home to the Countryside Museum, where you will find rural crafts and tools covering centuries of country life. Here you can explore recreations of a blacksmith shop, farm worker's cottage, dairy, wheelwright's shop, saddler's shop, brewery, cider house, bootmaker's shop, and more. There is a collection of traction engines, steam engines, tractors, barn machinery, and all manner of agricultural tools.
Museum: The Breamore Countryside Museum provides a fascinating look at village life in times past. See restored worker's cottages, shops, and an early garage. There is a large collection of early steam-powered farm vehicles. Even earlier is the four-train turret clock of Bavarian design. This clock dates to the late 16th century and is twice the size of the oldest clock in Britain at Salisbury Cathedral.
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About Breamore House
Address: Breamore, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England, SP6 2DF
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: off A338
Website: Breamore House
Historic Houses Association
OS: SU153 191
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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